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Wednesday January 19th

National Poltics


Incumbent, 3 Newcomers Seize Town Council Seats

In a close election Tuesday, one incumbent and three newcomers seized the four seats up for grabs on the Chapel Hill Town Council. Incumbent Edith Wiggins prevailed with the most votes. Newcomers Dorothy Verkerk, Ed Harrison and Mark Kleinschmidt also won seats on the council, according to unofficial returns. "I'm really grateful to the citizens for re-electing me," Wiggins said.

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Gist, Herrera, McDuffee Win in Carrboro

Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist and Diana McDuffee retained their seats on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, while newcomer John Herrera slid past incumbent Allen Spalt for the third seat in Tuesday's nail-biting elections. Herrera's victory marks the first time a first-generation Latino immigrant has held a position in municipal government in North Carolina. "We need to have a new voice in Carrboro," Herrera said.

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Homecoming Elections Set for Today

The day before Homecoming king and queen elections, candidates attempted to put faces with names in last-minute campaigning efforts. Students can vote for this year's Homecoming king and queen from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today by logging on to Student Central and clicking on "vote" to cast a ballot. Each candidate runs on a platform that includes a service project, a point which candidates were trying to make students aware of Tuesday. The three candidates for Homecoming queen set up banners and tables in the Pit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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`New Kind of War,' But Age-Old Dilemmas For Nation's Media

As the now familiar mantra goes, September 11, 2001, changed America forever. Certainly we have lost much as a country: our innocence, our sense of security, our isolation from the rest of the world's problems. But even those Americans deepest in mourning can concede that some good has come of the disaster. The fallout has brought Americans together in a way unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. Almost 9 of ten Americans are standing proud behind a president who didn't even win a majority of the popular vote a year ago.

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Volleyball Crushes 'Pack

It was only fitting that the North Carolina volleyball team's victory against N.C. State on Tuesday ended with an ace. After all, UNC's serve dominated the Wolfpack all night long. The Tar Heels made it clear from the very beginning that they were in control and cruised to a 3-0 victory at Carmichael Auditorium. With the score tied at five in the first game, UNC defensive specialist Caroline deRoeck jump-started the Tar Heels with back-to-back aces to begin an 18-0 run.

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Gary Birdsong: Preaching to The Converted

We've all seen him around -- or more likely heard him. He'll show up often in the fall, forehead veins a-bulging, then open his mouth, making Jerry Falwell look like a raging liberal hippie. Some think he gives religion a bad name. He is known for making Muslim students cry. Gary Birdsong, the Pit Preacher, has become a bit of an institution at UNC. Walking through the center of campus, soothed by the lulling cadences of screaming and derisive laughter, I wondered about the man behind the voice. So I called up old Mr.

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Muslim Students Coordinate Week of Islamic Awareness

Amid the religious hollering of the Pit Preacher, pulsating '80s music and campaigns for Homecoming queen, the Muslim Student Association took a quiet approach to awareness in the Pit on Tuesday afternoon. The MSA will be in the Pit until Thursday in honor of Islamic Awareness Week, an annual event sponsored each November by universities across the nation. From 10 a.m.

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Vinroot Drops Bid For U.S. Senate Seat

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot announced Wednesday that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in 2002. Vinroot, a former Morehead Scholar and UNC basketball player, was joined for his announcement in Charlotte by fellow candidate Elizabeth Dole, whom he said he will support in her bid to claim the U.S.

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Tar Heel Swimmers Dominate Blue Devils

Before the North Carolina-Duke swimming and diving meet Tuesday at Koury Natatorium, Duke's team gathered around one of its swimmers while he hit a pot with a stick. The Blue Devils began whooping and hollering, yelling "Go Duke." It would be about the most life Duke would show all evening. The UNC men's and women's teams both won their first four races and cruised to 227-65 and 184-104 wins, respectively, against the Blue Devils. The women's team improved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the ACC with the win, while the men are 2-2, 1-0.

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Foy Snags Chapel Hill Mayoral Post

A large crowd gathered at Pantana Bob's on Tuesday night to celebrate Kevin Foy's victory over opponents Lee Pavao and Cam Hill in the race for Chapel Hill mayor. As Foy entered the West Rosemary Street bar and restaurant, supporters greeted him with cheering, applause and a long round of "hip-hip hooray." The candidate addressed the crowd, saying, "Thank you all for being here.

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Voters Pass Largest Bond in County History

Orange County residents approved all four components of a $75 million bond package last night, passing the largest bond in the county's history. The bond was divided into four sections and will fund the county's two school systems, parks and recreation, senior centers and affordable housing. "I had been optimistic that the bond would pass, based on general comments and also editorials," Orange County Commissioner Alice Gordon said. The majority of the $75 million will go toward education, with $47 million slated to construct and improve Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City s

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Precautions Overkill on Halloween

You hear it all the time: Chapel Hill is a special town, with a special atmosphere. Local politicos tout the sense of community, and most people would agree that Chapel Hill exhibits a vibrancy you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in this state. That sense of uniqueness is exemplified by Halloween night on Franklin Street.

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BSM Month Aims for Awareness

Education and entertainment are on the agenda for November, Black Student Movement Month at UNC. Carmen Scott, an executive assistant for the BSM, said more events have been planned for this year's BSM Month than any previous year's. Scott said each event is sponsored by either a BSM subgroup or committee. One of the most anticipated events of the month is the 51st Year of Integration Ceremony, Scott said. She said the BSM has contacted some of the University's first black students to speak about their experiences and history at UNC. The event will be held Nov.

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Native American Heritage Gets Month in Spotlight

Carolina Indian Circle and Alpha Pi Omega sorority members hope events they have planned to celebrate Native American Heritage Month will improve the environment for UNC's Native American students. November's events will include film screenings, lectures and art workshops. The events kicked off on Nov. 1 with a screening of "In the Light of Reverence," a film about how popular culture has tried to destroy Native American spiritual sights. Events continue today at 4:00 p.m.

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Duke's Party Monitor System Meant to Keep Students Safe

Duke University recently implemented a party monitor program designed to ensure the safety of students at on-campus parties. The Alcohol Policy Review Committee at Duke reviewed and rewrote the school's policy on drinking on campus in the summer of 2001. The November 1999 death of a student from alcohol consumption related complications prompted the examination, which was conducted by a committee consisting of both faculty and students. Sue Wasiolek, assistant vice president of student affairs at Duke, said the main reason for the program is to promote a safe and responsible party

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Finance Reform Takes Back Seat to Homeland Security

Debate about campaign finance reform has been overshadowed recently by an influx of legislation related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- but some politicians are prepared to re-examine the issue in the coming months. Campaign finance reform focuses on soft money contributions to political candidates. Soft money is funding channeled to a candidate through various groups in an effort to avoid legally mandated limits on donations. The most prominent legislation proposed in Congress to reform campaign finance laws is the McCain-Feingold Bill, proposed by Sen.

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5 Candidates Try for 3 Seats on School Board

Managing systemwide growth and improving minority student achievement are two goals that appear on the platforms of all five candidates for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education. Nick Didow and Valerie Foushee are running for re-election against newcomers Joel Dunn, Chon Shoaf and Lisa Stuckey.

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